**Head of Buying & Merchandising - North West England - £75,000 Car Allowance & Bonus**
As Head of Buying & Merchandising, you will be responsible for the commercial performance of your department and team. You are responsible for optimising all KPIs, including sales, Bought In Margin (BIM) % to Achieved Margin (AM)/ Decision Making Gross Margin(DMGM) £, back orders, markdown and stock/stock cover, along with ensuring that the range reflects the requirements of the business in shape and size in order to meet the needs of the customer. You manage a B&M team and ensure that their focus is on achieving outstanding results for the department, commercially and professionally. As Head of Buying & Merchandising it is your responsibility to optimise the Values and Behaviours of the business, leading by example and coaching others as necessary in order to develop a focused, harmonious, forward thinking and supportive team.
The Head of Buying & Merchandising will need:
To be responsible for department strategy, range planning, range reviews and sign off, managing the B&M team to provide the process, reporting and content according to critical path
To ensure that the range proposed at selection is reflective of the business strategy and has the right mix of innovative, extraordinary and inspirational products
To view the range as a customer would, ensuring that the products have differentiation to our competitors and are targeted to the core customer base
To be responsible for day to day operation of the Buying & Merchandise team
Knowledge, Skills and Experience Required:
Knowledge of Retail Buying &/or Merchandising skills, the B&M process and what makes an effective B&M team, with recent experience in a comparable Buying and Merchandising environment along with a minimum of 7 years in a Buyer or Merchandiser role
Excellent strategic and range planning skills, with an ability to produce a product strategy from scratch
A broad knowledge of computer systems, including a WSSI type planning system
Experience of using and managing a team to use a WSSI style stock control/range planning system
If you are an experienced Head of Buying & Merchandising and looking for your next challenge, please apply today!
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